Oh, now this is just great.
Going into bankrupcy, the most valuable property that a lot of failed dot-coms have is all the information they've collected about their customers in the mean time, like names and addresses and phone numbers and credit card numbers and purchasing patterns and loads of other stuff. In order to appease creditors, three of them are actively trying to sell off their databases right now. What makes that interesting is that they had previously promised never to reveal that information to anyone.
"Real" has done it again.
For the third time
they've embedded surreptitious monitoring capability into one of their programs.
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." What do we do for the third time? (A tactical nuke seems indicated.)
Never, NEVER, NEVER tell someone
"Sure, you can use my computer while I'm on vacation!"
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the web.
Now it turns out that the damned ad companies can inadvertantly learn a LOT about you that you didn't realize you were telling them.
You know, I'm really glad I use AtGuard and have closed off DoubleClick and FocaLink and all those other guys in my firewall by blocking their IPs. (It's now part of the Norton Internet Security 2000 package, and I recommend it highly.)
From me, they learn nothing because they never even see the requests.